Getting signal from across the street

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by w8lifter21, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. w8lifter21

    w8lifter21 LI Guru Member

    I have a friend who doesn't have internet who lives across the street. He has a laptop setup for wireless internet. Is there a way I can boost the signal from my WRT54G so that he can surf the web? It doesn't need to be high speed internet fast, but no slower than dial-up. Any ideas?:confused:
  2. ravana

    ravana Guest

    Have your tried an external antenna?

    Fry's, Compusa, Microcenter etc. carry external antennas for routers.

    I got a Hawking one from Microcenter last year for $5 after rebate, works well.

    Also, positioning your router+antenna in a path of least interference to your buddy's laptop helps.
  3. w8lifter21

    w8lifter21 LI Guru Member

    I haven't tried one of those yet. Is that something I have to run outside of the house? The room with my computer faces east and my friends room faces east as well, so there is another room between myself and my friend. We live in a cookie cutter complex so our rooms line up horizontally. I would say she is no more than a couple hundred feet away
  4. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    if you boost the signal on the router, how is the laptop going to boost its signal to send data back across the street? transmitt and receive.. its a two-way thing.
  5. RonWessels

    RonWessels Network Guru Member

    Your best bet is going to be getting a second WRT for your friend's place. Put 3rd party firmware on both, put decent antennas on both, and configure a WDS/WDS+AP link between them.

    With a remote WRT, you can use decent antennas (HGA7T's will probably work) and boost the transmit power on both sides, thus eliminating the laptop wireless as a limiting factor.
  6. jrsweger

    jrsweger Network Guru Member

    Just to throw in my 2 cents, how legal or moral is it to provide service in this manner to an individual outside of your residence? Wouldn't the ISP frown on this due to lost money from this person not subscribing to their service. What would prevent me from getting with all of my neighbors and working out a deal with them to provide service for a reduced amount each month and all they would have to do is get a wireless card. Jeesh, I could pay for my whole cable bill that way.
  7. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    You could probably do this without the HGA7T's though they would help. Also remember not to get the version 5, 6, or 7 series wrt54g as they will be harder to set up if at all.

    I think we pay too much for cable internet as is. I have a cable tv line in my backyard and am willing to pay for it to be hooked to my house, yet the cable company says they will not do it because there is not enough earning potential in my area. So my money is not good enough I guess. which forces me to find an alterior means to procure broadband... I wonder how that is?
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